Bryce Canyon Fast Facts
- Bryce Canyon National Park covers a total area of 35,835 acres
- The number of people visiting Bryce Canyon in 2017 was 2,571,684 *
- Bryce Canyon was made a national park on September 15, 1928
- The lowest elevation found in Bryce Canyon is 6,620 feet at Yellow Creek
- The highest elevation found in Bryce Canyon is 9,115 feet at Rainbow Point
- The entrance fee for Bryce Canyon is $35 per vehicle per week
- Bryce Canyon National Park lies in the Mountain time zone
- We last visited Bryce Canyon National Park in July 2017
Random Facts About Bryce Canyon
- Bryce Canyon National Park is named for Ebenezer Bryce, a Mormon settler who built his home near the Bryce Amphitheater.
- Bryce Canyon is not technically a canyon. It is a series of about a dozen natural amphitheaters, eroded into an escarpment of the Paunsaugunt Plateau.
- Bryce Canyon has some of the darkest night skies in the United States, and the stargazing is extraordinary on a clear night. Astronomy programs are sometimes offered.
- The “hoodoo” formations that Bryce Canyon is famous for were formed chiefly by the repeated freezing and thawing of water.
Where is Bryce Canyon National Park?
Bryce Canyon National Park is located in a relatively remote area of southern Utah. It is often combined with one or more of the other five Utah national parks, particularly Zion, the closest, about a 90 minute drive. You’ll need about 3.5 hours to drive to Capitol Reef, and almost 5 hours to reach either Arches or Canyonlands. Further directions and maps can be found at Getting to Bryce Canyon.
More About Bryce Canyon
We have pages on all sorts of things about Bryce Canyon National Park. Choose from the menu above the map, or from right here. We have sections on Weather, Getting to the Park, Lodging, Camping, Hiking Trails, Road Guides, HD Video Clips, and pages to buy Books, Trail Maps, and DVD & Blu-ray. You could also check out the park’s Photo Gallery.